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Rallyverse Roundup: Apple in 2014, Facebook as Newspaper, Being “Responsible” on LinkedIn

By , on December 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Today’s Rallyverse Roundup has the scoop on what Apple may be up to in 2014, why Facebook’s users won’t let it become the newspaper it wants to be, why some companies are awful at spotting amazing ideas, why everyone thinks they’re so “responsible” on LinkedIn, and what Twitter’s new DM update means.

Direct messages to the forefront, big photos in tow. Twitter knows: The service that controls messaging controls the world. December 10, 2013 at 6:07pm EST. Another day, another new messaging app.
BuzzFeed
Dec 11, 10:33 AM

In a major update, Twitter has placed Direct Messages at the center of its mobile app, with large images and an icon in the main navigation bar. In the process, it has created a true backchannel where there was barely one before.

It’s tough to make everyone happy. Can Facebook reconcile its high-minded design ideals with the interests of users and publishers?
AllThingsD
Dec 10, 1:13 PM

Earlier this year, Facebook users rejected a redesign that Zuckerberg announced with much fanfare. Now Facebook is adjusting its algorithms to emphasize content that it thinks readers should see, which will push down some of the stuff that’s currently popular.

Apple and its eponymous logo lost some luster in 2013. Experts questioned the company’s ability to innovate . Others pointed to the plummeting stock price as an indicator the good times are done Yet, the year ends on a high note. Apple’s stock price is up, and the iPad Air , iPad mini and iPhone 5S are each selling at a steady clip See also: 10 Better Alternatives to Your iPhone’s Native Apps Apple is no longer the company of Steve Jobs , this we know. Apple innovation isn’t dead but it has become more conservative , not to mention, the showmanship has pretty much evaporated . Apple’s hits are, with few exceptions, refreshes and significant updates to existing products. Only the Mac Pro stands out as an utterly new design, if not a fresh category in itself. Read more… More about Apple , Features , Business , Tech , and Predictions
Mashable
Dec 11, 6:11 AM

Apple is no longer the company of Steve Jobs, this we know. Apple innovation isn’t dead but it has become more conservative, not to mention, the showmanship has pretty much evaporated. Apple’s hits are, with few exceptions, refreshes and significant updates to existing products. Only the Mac Pro stands out as an utterly new design, if not a fresh category in itself.

The reign of “creative” LinkedIn profiles appears to be over.
TechCrunch
Dec 11, 3:00 AM

The company is releasing its list of the most overused buzzwords in 2013, based on the words that appear most frequently on the professional networking site’s profiles. In 2011 and 2012, the most overused word was “creative”, but this year “creative” was beaten by “responsible.”

Cognitive biases can keep us from assessing creativity with a clear mind. Here’s how to get around them. In business, a creative idea is only worth as much as the manager who can recognize it. Malcolm Gladwell once told the story of Xerox engineer Gary Starkweather, who conceived of a laser printer circa 1970 but was forbidden to pursue it by a boss. Starkweather developed a prototype in his spare time and forced the company to transfer him so he could finish it. He basically begged Xerox to let him work on an idea it should have been begging him to work on. Read Full Story
Fast Company
Dec 10, 9:00 PM

“There are situational variables that are very subtle and transitory that can shift your ability to determine what’s creative,” Mueller tells Co.Design. These seemingly random factors — such as a manager’s mindset during an idea pitch — can bias people against creativity without them knowing it.

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